, Port Arthur, Texas


October 18, 2012

MOORE FISHING REPORT: Lake Austin produces season's first ShareLunker

PORT ARTHUR — Bennett Cowan of San Marcos caught Toyota ShareLunker 537 about 2:00 a.m. October 16 from Lake Austin according to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) reports.

    “The 14.28-pound fish was 20.5 inches in girth and 27.25 inches long. Lake Austin has now produced 18 entries into the ShareLunker program, five of which weighed 14 pounds or more.”

    TPWD reports Cowan’s catch was also the earliest entry into the ShareLunker program from Lake Austin.  The earliest previous entry into the program from the lake came on January 27, 2011. Two entries have come from the lake in January, seven each in February and March, and one in April.

    “The catch may be a signal that Lake Austin is poised to have a banner year. On Monday, October 1, an angler caught a 12.6-pound bass from Lake Austin that proved to have been entered into the program as ShareLunker 528 by Brett Ketchum in January 2012.”

    TPWD notes Lake Austin continues its rise to prominence as one of the top largemouth bass lakes in the state.

    Only Lakes Fork (249 entries into the ShareLunker program), Alan Henry (25), O.H. Ivie (25), Sam Rayburn (23) and Falcon (19) have produced more 13-pound or bigger bass.

    Now onto the report…

    North Sabine---Look for the small front to slow things down for a day or two and then increase bird action for trout and reds on the main lake. Flounder are fair to good around the channel and in the marshes on the Louisiana side of the lake.

    South Sabine---Flounder are fair to good along the Louisiana shoreline on live bait and shad and on the north end of the island. Look for the front to slow things for a day and then for the fishing to turn on as more shrimp empty into Sabine Lake. Prospects are good for trout and reds in the coming days.

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